Larval Mask

with David Lane

Sunday, Sept. 11 – 8:45 AM to 10:15 AM

mask3Inspired by carnival masks from Basel in Switzerland, Jaques Lecoq developed larval masks as a training tool and as a first step out of neutral mask and toward character. As the name implies, larval masks are not fully formed, and are often naive, mischievous, inquisitive. They are often still learning about the world around them.


Larval mask work can help the performer experience the beginner’s mind, aid in spontaneity, stillness, and developing impulse behavior. As well, the larval mask itself presents many possibilities for application as a distinct performing object, especially when worn or held in creative and unexpected ways. In this workshop, participants will be taken through a number of exercises aimed at unlocking the mask’s performative qualities.